I’m passionate about seeing people live their dreams, and love their businesses. I’m the type of person who talks about Google at parties. I’m also a wife, a pianist, and Greyhound foster mom. Let’s not forget the terrier, cat, and snake. All in all, I’d say I’m living my dream and I do love my business.
But it wasn’t always this way.It all started when I graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelors in Psychology. After sending out more resumes than I care to think about, I realized that I wasn’t going to get a job using my degree in psychology any time soon. The cashier’s job I took at a big box store, after a ton of resume writing and job hunting with nothing else in sight, bored me. No, it was more than just boredom.
It was this feeling that I knew I could do more, that I was destined for more.
I began to plan my next step. A light bulb went off that looked like this: “I know a lot about websites. Been building them since I was 12. How about giving that a go?” So I started freelancing as a web designer.
And so it began…There I was, sitting in my little apartment playing with pixels and code, when I got a call from a local company looking for someone to develop and manage their new marketing department. This was almost a dream come true! I would never have dreamed up a job with this kind of possibility and responsibility at this early stage in my career.
This next part is why I’m so passionate about the web.“How did you find me?” I asked the owner. “Your website came up in the search engines and I liked what you have on your site,” he replied. … That’s it? A simple Google search gave me an opportunity beyond what I could have imagined?
Here’s the truth:This never would have happened had I not been using the power of the web. And, I never would have been designing and developing online presences for over 15 years. Sure, the web is more crowded now. It’s not easy to stand out. But it is possible and more people online means more people are looking for someone just like you. Will you be seen and found? And more importantly, will they want to hire you?
You deserve to be heard.
You deserve to be seen.
You deserve to be unashamedly out there in the world doing what it is you love to do.
Here’s the thing, though: There was a problem with my dream job. I was a pointy star trying to fit into a square hole. The job, being on someone else’s schedule, having someone looking over my shoulder for every decision, was making me sick. I wasn’t sleeping as well I was waking up with anxiety My relationships started to suffer And I began to feel real depression No job is worth that and I had this crazy idea that I could start my own business. A real one. Not one creating websites for people from my bedroom–though my team and I still do create awesome websites for people. I was, and still am, passionate about serving others by helping them get found online just like I always was. And I loved the ideal of unlimited earning potential. So, I made the bittersweet decision to leave that job.
I left behind the stress. I promised myself I would make a business work. I would do whatever it would take to make it work. I’m happy to say that that promise to myself kept me going through the times when nothing seemed to work. But passion and promises only take you so far. Expert help in the form of coaches and team to help get things done is the reason Envivo is not only alive and well, but also thriving and growing today.